Test of Legal English Skills

TOLES means ‘Test of Legal English Skills’.

The TOLES program consists of a structured course of legal English training materials supported by three levels of professional exams. The exam levels are progressive steps towards reaching the standard of legal English required by employers such as international commercial law firms, in-house legal teams in private companies and top-class translators. TOLES legal English training materials and exams have been developed following the advice of experienced commercial lawyers. The top requirements of employers are excellent drafting skills, first-class negotiating skills and a strong sense of commercial awareness. As members of the International Division of the Law Society of England and Wales we are in an excellent position to support international legal professionals in achieving these goals.



Level 1 legal English exam. Suitable for beginner level. Focus on basic grammar and vocabulary. Encourages commercial awareness.

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Level 2 legal English exam. Suitable for intermediate level. Focus on intermediate grammar and vocabulary. A realistic introduction to work.

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Level 3 legal English exam. Suitable for advanced level. Focus on near-native level grammar  and vocabulary. The gold standard exam for commercial lawyers

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The TOLES Exams are offered on the following dates in 2019

21 March (deadline 1 March)                                      27 June (deadline 7 June)

22 August (deadline 2 August)                                    21 November (deadline 1 November)


Recognition of TOLES

The TOLES organization is a private legal training company which was created as a direct result of extensive consultations with a leading commercial law firm. In confidential talks with us, partners in the firm complained that law graduates holding a wide variety of English language certificates lacked the level of English required to carry out essential legal tasks. TOLES materials and exams were developed in 2000 as a direct solution to this problem.

We are members of the International Division of the Law Society of England and Wales and our training materials and exams are very well-known among law firms and very highly valued by them. We are not affiliated with any university or English language organization simply because they cannot guide and inform us in the way other members of our Law Society division are able to.

Law firms and organizations that have already entered candidates for the TOLES exams include:

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Linklaters Oppenhoff and Radler
  • Allen&Overy LLP
  • Baker and McKenzie
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • KPMG
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Daimler Chrysler
  • European Court of Justice
  • European Central Bank
  • Deutsche Bundesbank
  • Qatar Steel Company
  • Qatar Petrochemical Corporation
  • DuPont
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Siemens